Examples Of Adulthood In Catcher In The Rye

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Caleb Spielman
Mrs. Lajeunesse
Honors English 10
July 18th, 2017

The Catcher in The Rye Summer Essay

In J.D Savlingers book The Catcher in the Rye, the seventeen year old protagonist Holden Caulfield is in a constant battle of who he is, and who he wants to be. The young narrator of this novel is in a hole that seems nearly impossible to get out. Holden is starting to become an adult but is in fear of the adult world and what it contains. He believes that they are just a bunch of phonies and is scared straight of adulthood. He resists as much as he can, but has little choice. Through this journey he is constantly struggling in his walk of life. From class expectation to family, and even himself, Holden is struggling to find answers and fix things that are broken. All of these struggles have one event tied to them and that is the death of his brother Allie. Part of Holden's collapse is due to his inability to accept his brothers death. He is always haunted by the image of his brother lying dead in his tomb. He wants beautiful things to last, and that part of the reason why he despises adulthood. The reality is too much for Holden in his eyes. Holden believes that Childhood and Adulthood are both separate and drastically different. These beliefs is the reason Holden Caulfield doesn't fit into neither adulthood or childhood. From the being of the novel Holden's view on adulthood is negative. Although he has no choice of becoming an adult, he
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